Community Opportunities

This page is a central database of community opportunities that families might like to investigate. We are not endorsing these opportunities, but rather sharing information as to possible resources available. Thank you.


Comfort Felt

 Facilitated by Yoko Gifford, B.A.

A counsellor and art therapist in training


September 14 & 21 | 9am-12pm

Family Hope Clinic

Cost: $ 25 per person

RSVP to Angela:


Needle felting is the art of felting wool with a little barbed needle. It works by poking

the wool and entangling the wool fibers together. These simple repetitive motions,

combined with the soft texture of wool creates a soothing opportunity to cope with

stress and anxiety in a controlled manner. It also builds self-esteem and confidence

as we tap into our creativity and imagination. This is a simple technique to bring

comfort to self as a coping skill and navigate ups and downs of life.

Associated BC Curriculum and Competencies




 Summer is here, and we want to help you keep your students engaged and avoid summer learning loss! The Tynker Summer Code-A-Thon presents coding challenges for six weeks and concludes on August 10th. The Summer Code-A-Thon keeps students motivated with weekly challenges, competitions, and prizes. As they learn to code, kids of all experience levels will express their creativity, practice reading and math, and develop computational thinking skills!




UBCO is offering summer camps that are STEM themed




Nanaimo Summer GuitarFiddle Camp, to be held Tues. July 31 -  Fri. Aug. 3, 2018.

Classes held 9 - 4 daily.         

For ages 6 - 99.

Cost   $250 for the week


Guitar & Fiddle Camp will be held at Aspengrove School in Lantzville, BC (1 km north of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island)

Last summer, people attended from as far away as Yukon, Alberta, Okanagan and Northern BC. 

One participant said,  "This was my favourite week of the whole summer."

Instructors:  Gordon Stobbe, Nellie Quin, JJ Guy, Geoff Horrocks, Quin Etheridge-Pedden, Trish Horrocks.

Classes for beginners, intermediates and advanced guitar and fiddle.    

Summer Camp will begin with a family barn dance at 7:00 pm on Mon. July 30th.

Thursday evening will offer a family-all-ages jam session at a local Nanaimo restaurant.

This music camp will end with an outdoor waterfront concert for family and friends on Friday, Aug. 3rd at 1:30.  All participants will be given an opportunity to perform in this final special concert.

 Depending on registrations, car pools might be arranged from Chemainus area and also Parksville area.

Last summer, many people camped at one of the nearby campgrounds.

Please feel free to share this information with any music friends or music students who might be interested.

  Info and Registration:          or phone 250 754 - 5697




Dr. Golin was the keynote speaker at last summer’s HCOS teacher training and he is offering families two free workshops on April 22 and 23.

 Workshop 1: Living the Gospel

Share your faith without fear!  This workshop will help parents learn to equip their children for effective evangelism.

Date: Sunday, April 22 2-4pm

Location: St. Marks Anglican Church, 1805 Larch St, Vancouver

Cost: Free

RSVP: to Mae Ward at

More info here


Workshop 2: Mental Health for Families

This workshop will help you care for the mental health of your family and provide you with resources and Christ-centred practical steps toward healing.

Date: Monday April 23, 6:30-8:30pm

Location: St. Marks Anglican Church, 1805 Larch St, Vancouver

Cost: Free

RSVP: to Mae Ward at

More info here


More information is in the links above, along with photos of Dr. Golin’s books here.  We hope you can take advantage of these excellent presentations being offered free of charge.



Home Learner Science in the Valley Workshops in May 2018 at Trinity Western University.

This year, registration will take place through Eventbrite, the tickets are currently open and ready for you to register.

To register your Home Learner student, please use the desired Eventbrite link and follow the prompts until the registration “ticket” is complete.

Salmon Eventbrite Registration (must be age 6 to attend)
Ecosystems Eventbrite Registration (must be age 8 to attend)
Biology Eventbrite Registration (must be age 10 to attend)
Chemistry Eventbrite Registration (must be age 11 to attend)
Math/Computer Science Eventbrite Registration (must be age 11 to attend)

You should be able to use the above links (on the left), for your convenience, I have also included the URL in case the actual link doesn’t work for you.

*Please only register for your own children to avoid confusion

Note that each workshop has two different dates, choose only ONE date for each program that you are registering for.

Although on Eventbrite it says “free”, don’t be confused. Once your registration is confirmed, a $12 non-refundable cheque per student per program needs to be sent.


Space in limited. Once the total “tickets” have been claimed, a waitlist will be started. I will add additional days and times if I am able to do so.

Thank you for your interest in our programs,


Liz Robertson, BA

Faculty Assistant

Faculty of Natural and Applied Science

Science in the Valley Coordinator

Trinity Western University

7600 Glover Road

Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1

Science in the Valley Website





The Fraser Institute offers programs for Educators and Students.

To view upcoming offerings and more information, please visit their website.








Kamloops Wildlife Park- volunteer opportunities




Cybersafe BC

Cybersafe is geared towards youth aged 10 – 16. It is an online course with a certificate at the end (which can be used as a Health & Career Sample). Students will watch videos, and do activities as well as learn about the dangers of the internet. They will learn about their digital footprint and online crime, including cyberbullying.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Parents should have a look at the course first because there is a component of the course that discusses sexual predators and "sexting.

Terrace SportsPlex:

Here is a link to all of our programs including public skating and fitness:

Kamloops Art Gallery

Public programs offered by the Kamloops Art Gallery, some free!

Brave Writer

Click here for online newsletter with some upcoming opportunities.


Basketball opportunities in the Kelowna area.

Kelowna Minor Basketball

Okanagan Elite -

Junior Heat -

NBC - (summer camp hosted at Heritage Christian School)

Gini Basketball -

Free bowling program for kids

Parents are offered a $25 deal to allow up to 4 older family member to bowl for free with the kids. The parent offer is introduced after you sign up your children.

Royal BC Museum

Hershey's Track and Field Meets

Kids Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving experiences for the kids. PADI (professional association of dive instructors) and Scouts America have developed an experience for kids to experience what it would be like to Scuba Dive. The experience is held at a local swimming pool and lasts a couple hours. We provide all training and materials, all certified equipment needed to do this. For some it becomes a starter to full training courses, others just the satisfaction of the experience. However, for all a wonderful time.

We are also a certified and insured First Aid Training Center and would like to offer those services to your school program as well.

Information but also can be found on our web page

Youth Leadership Millennium (YLM) Program

The Youth Leadership Millennium (YLM) Program consists of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. These correspond with the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – which is a big part of YLM – but we offer so much more.

Our aim is to empower young people to take on leadership roles both in life and in the community. Through the three levels of the program, we strive to guide them in exploring new opportunities and developing their leadership and life skills through experience.

The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Youth Leadership Millennium program is a holistic leadership training program with 5 unique focuses:

  • Personal Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Awareness
  • Adventure Expedition, and
  • Community Leadership Initiative

New to YLM? The Bronze level is where you want to start!
Upon successful completion of the YLM Bronze program, youth participants will receive the following:

  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Youth Leadership Millennium (YLM) Certificate
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award
  • Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program Certificate
  • St. John Ambulance‘s First Aid Certificate



Centre Ice will once again be offering the Home School Learn to Skate Program, which will run on Thursdays from 11:30am-12:30pm from November 5 to December 4.  The cost will be $95.00 (tax included)     For information or to register, email Deborah Stark at​  or call  604-504-7565.



Art Together in October  October 3, 17, 31, 2017 | 7pm−9pm


Calling all young people! The Surrey Art Gallery runs a free drop-in art group every other Tuesday night where you can create do-it-together projects with mentoring artists. There’ll be large-scale lantern making with Tamara Unroe on Oct 3 and 31 and clay mural drawing with Marie Côté on Oct 17.  For more information go to:




Encounters with Canada

It sounds very interesting and is only for students aged 14-17, one week in Ottawa, every week, all year long.

Spend a week with Encounters with Canada - Canada's largest youth forum! Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 teens from across Canada (ages 14-17) come to Ottawa, where they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. Over 92,000 youth have lived the EWC experience, so far!

There was an article written in a previous HCOS newsletter.